NANS blasts ASUU, Federal Govt over strike, threatens nationwide protests

NANS blasts ASUU, Federal Govt over strike, threatens nationwide protests

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday blasted the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for failing to reach an agreement whose resultant strike has grounded academic activities across Nigerian campuses.

The students’ body made this known in a statement by its President, Asefon Sunday Adedayo, on Monday.

The group said they have resolved to embark on Nationwide protest to force the FG and ASUU mend their broken agreements.

ASUU had declared a four-week strike effective from Monday, February 14, 2022, to protest the government’s failure to implement its agreement with the union.

The President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, at a press briefing in Lagos, said the union tried to avoid the strike but that the federal government was not responsive to its demands.

But in his reaction, NANS president blamed both the government and ASUU for the industrial action, saying the student body expected both parties to reach a compromise and do all that was required to avert the strike.

He said, “The government and ASUU, by this action, send a direct message to Nigerian students to also take position comfortable for our side of the table irrespective of the implications.

“Let me say equivocally that we will respond in clear language, the language the oppressors understand.”

He said NANS’ collective response to the strike action would be made known at its congress scheduled for February 17.

He further said, “Our decisions shall be decisive, collective, and irreversible until the strike is called off. We shall fight this impunity and recklessness without any consideration other than an immediate end to this strike.”

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